Adult Learning Course Information and Schedule

A total of 33 credits are required to complete the MA Education Adult Learning degree and all course requirements can be finished in two years. Students may begin the program at start of either the Fall or Spring semesters.The majority of the coursework for the Master of Arts in Education Adult Learning program will be delivered in an online format. You may begin the degree program at any time. None of the courses are prerequisites for the others, except that all coursework needs to be completed prior to taking the final Master's Project.


Topics in Adult Learning Conference

The Topics in Adult Learning Conference is a 4-day event that takes place in the summer (July 31 - August 3, 2013. 2014 dates to be announced). Attendance at the Conference is required as this is actually a course in the degree program (ED619). Sessions meet all day on the Edgewood College Deming Way campus. This unique learning experience provides you the opportunity to participate in small group workshops and to collaborate with Visiting Scholars, Edgewood College faculty and the students enrolled in the program.

The cost of the Conference is a $300 fee that will be added to your regular tuition bill for that session. This fee covers the cost of materials and meals during the event.

Degree Requirements

You may begin the degree program at any time. None of the courses are prerequisites for the others, except that all coursework needs to be completed prior to taking the final Master's Project.

Adult Learning and Development (ED606, 3 credits)
This course emphasizes the principles of adult learning and provides an understanding adult development. Students learn and apply the techniques and procedures used in the development of adult learners, including employment settings, in different organizations and at all organizational levels.

Adult Stages of Learning (ED608, 3 credits) 
This course explores the developmental life stages of adult learning and transformative learning experiences that meet the needs of adult learners.

Tech Enhanced Adult Learning Methods (ED658, 3 credits) 
This course prepares students to create technology-enhanced learning environments that support adult learners to achieve learning outcomes in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of web-based instructional technologies while analyzing how technology-enhanced teaching methods promote high quality learning outcomes for adult learners. Through the active learning approaches modeled and the inclusion of collaborative and individual analyses of the adult learning experience, this course fosters reflective teaching practices and a continuous improvement approach to instructor professional development.

Ethics (IC800, 3 credits)
This course examines ethical issues in the practice of professions in public life. Significant issues such as justice, honesty, and respect for persons are examined in study and dialogue as they emerge in human experience. Philosophical and religious perspectives regarding ethics are considered. OR

Ethics in Business (BUS616, 3 credits)
This course explores and implements the critical thinking, communication, and managerial skills necessary for developing ethical organizations. The objective of this course is to design ethical organizations and create organizations of high integrity. Topics include ethical decision making, screening job candidates for their ethics, codes of ethics and conduct, ethics and diversity training workshops, ethics reporting systems, environmental management, and community involvement.

Design and Implementation of Adult Learning (ED659, 3 credits)
This course prepares students to employ the performance-based instructional design process. Students will learn how to designate performance expectations, design learning plans, objectives and activities, develop assessment tasks, and produce a syllabus. They may choose to apply the process to classroom, lab, onsite industrial, online, or other distance learning environments.

Topics in Adult Learning Conference (ED619, 3 credits)
This intensive conference is a unique feature of the program. Visiting scholars will be brought in to lead lectures, workshops and other interactive activities throughout the conference. Students will be immersed in the study of a variety of adult learning topics and through the experience will develop a strong sense of community and collaboration with each other and with course leaders.

Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn (ED657, 3 Credits)
Students in this course will learn about cultural characteristics of students to foster equitable and safe educational environments.  Successful competencies are emphasized for diverse including but not limited to diversity in age, sex, physical and cognitive ability, race, ethnic background, and sexual orientation.The guidance and counseling framework of this course is used to develop skills and strategies to enhance student success. Students will develop a personal theory of counseling, explore available student support resources and analyze legal and ethical implications of the educator's role.

Adult Learning Foundations and Leadership (ED 623, 3 credits)
This course prepares students to be effective educational leaders by demonstrating how to: examine strategies for program continuous improvement and new program development; analyze budgets and resource optimization; explore and critique leadership styles, develop effective administrative management, and supervision; consider importance of and approaches to partnership building; and elucidate professional roles and craft personal philosophies.

Elective (3 credits)
You may choose any graduate level course (600 level or higher), with approval from the program advisor. Courses can be selected from Business, Nursing, Education, Sustainability, or other graduate programs, giving you the opportunity to customize your degree based on your personal interests and professional objectives

Diversity in Adult Learning  (ED 618A, 3 credits) 
This course will explore the range of diversity among adult learners including race, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, economic status, and educational background and preparedness.  Students will consider the implications of diversity for incorporating strategies that enhance the learning environment and success of all learners in classrooms and through broader institutional areas and activities. 

Graduate Research (ED603, 3 credits)
This course provides students with a general introduction to educational research;  an overview of ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative and action research designs; more specific knowledge about, and first-hand experience in, doing literature reviews and ethnographic/qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis; and  guidelines and strategies for developing a research proposal.

Masters Project-Action Research in Adult Learning (ED692, 3 credits)
Students in this course guided in the development and completion of research capstone projects.  Student projects involve quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, extensive literature reviews, or other approaches to educational inquiry.

Monroe St
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Deming Way
1255 Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: (800) 444-4861
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